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Now, ZigZagWorld has taken their Java-based CBI applications a major step forward with it's new Hebrew Keyboard Tutor. The Hebrew Keyboard Tutor helps students learn to type on a Hebrew keyboard. But it's not limited to the Hebrew keyboard. People with non-Hebrew keyboards use the applet to learn how their computer's keyboard is converted to Hebrew. Using the Hebrew resources integrated into the English versions of the Macintosh and Windows operating systems learning to type in Hebrew can be a snap.

The Hebrew Keyboard Tutor, like many of the ZigZagWorld applets, combines the fun of using computers with a powerful Hebrew language instructional activity to make an excellent CBI game.

In the game, a Zebra hangs laundry out to dry while Hebrew letters float across the screen along the clothes line. If you hit the right key on the keyboard the program rings up a point on the scoreboard. The program starts the user off by practicing a limited set of home keys and branches out to more complicated typing around the keyboard.

Your score depends on how accurate and how fast you type. The program calculates how many words per minute, as well as the percentage of correct letters and the number of incorrect letters you type.

In the opening scene you familiarize yourself with the Hebrew keyboard which corresponds with the version you use (in this case, the English QWERTY keyboard). After you select a difficulty level -- 1 to 5 -- click the GO button to start practicing. You may also click the question mark for details on how the applet works.


When we put "The Hanukkah House" online at the end of 1996, we never thought it would be a permanent feature of our site. Now, there is no way we could take it down -- too many folks have linked to the page!

Marsha Hopp, Ph.D.

The use of this technology in Jewish education may vary widely. Some educators will use this particular applet as part of an introduction to the Hebrew alef-bet while still others will use it as a supplement to a more advanced level of Hebrew. Parents and families can use the applet at home to expand the use of Hebrew computing.


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